Days Gone By
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10 YEARS AGO
FEB. 27, 1997
The Wildcat wrestlers claimed their second straight sectional title and were now moving on to state competition. The six champs included Kevin Black, Brady Cudd, Landon Lueck, Phil Meier and Joe Cudd and sectional runner-up Tony Black.
Cub Scout Pack #54 Pinewood Derby winners were Rob Anding in first place, Wesley Hill in second, and Kirk Gednalske took third.
A well-kept, two-story home at 223 W. Pine St., three bedrooms, large kitchen and two-car detached garage was selling for $92,500.
Dave Hovel of Prescott was hired to help enforce city building codes, joining Joe Lenzen who was hired 4 1/2 years ago.
20 YEARS AGO
FEB. 26, 1987
Fogerty Excavating suffered damage estimated at more than $100,000 from a fire Sunday night.
Bev and Tom Ruble of the Virginian Supper Club were named Restaurateurs of the Year
by the state restaurant association. In accepting the award, Ruble commended his staff, including bartender Herb Armbruster and his wife Arlene, and chef Frank Thibault.
Winners of the Knights of Columbus' free throw contest at St. Bridget's were Carrie Paddock, Lara Kopchinski, Mike Zielski, Paul Campbell, Erik Tostrud, and John, Erin and Molly Schwalbach.
30 YEARS AGO
MARCH 3, 1977
Ron Cowley purchased Bergstrom's Tire Center from Allan Bergstrom on North Main and planned to move to River Falls with his wife, Helen.
Jim Kassera, 98-pound junior at the high school, captured the WIAA Wisconsin state wrestling championship. He is the second to bring back the championship to River Falls in the past two seasons. Doug Branigan, also a junior at the time, won the honor in 1975.
In other high school sports, the girls gymnastics team took first in regional competition. The team included Pam Kusilek, Cathy Guise, Joanne Johnson, Sandy Wichman, Shelly Kahut, Renee Taylor, Mary Maule, Ann Maule and Latona Bishop. The team was coached by Debbie Timmerman.
High school varsity wrestling cheerleaders included Stephie Smith, Denise Harrison, Lori Kinzel, Terri Selleck and June Johnson.
First place winners in the Knights of Columbus' knowledge contest were Charlie Casler, Jill Cicero, Lori Swenson, Toby Foltz and Sara Wiskerchen.
40 YEARS AGO
MARCH 2, 1967
Dick Wallin purchased the new Red Owl store here and planned to move soon with wife Judy and children, Rick and Wendy.
In service news Larry Kusilek, nephew of many aunts and uncles here, was killed while serving in the army in Vietnam; Richard Rohl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Rohl, received the Purple Heart medal; and Michael Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baker, was serving on the destroyer Epperson off the coast of Vietnam. Three more local boys left for service: Robert Austrum, Larry Fox and Barry Edwards.
Servicemen oftentimes had their most recent addresses listed in the paper for those wishing to exchange news.
School bus drivers were given a new wage schedule: Base pay for drivers with morning and evening routes was $120 a month plus three and a half cents per mile.
50 YEARS AGO
FEB. 28, 1957
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sieber were the Grade 1 milk producer winners, and Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Larson, grade B producers in the Baldwin Creamery contest.
Malmer & Bouvin's Red & White grocery store, corner of Main and Walnut, enlarged its meat department into space formerly occupied by the Lindquist Hatchery.
Pete Aanes, John Lauber, Chuck Johnson, Jerry Rose and Bruce Pennington were chosen for the All-Conference Middle Border basketball team.
60 YEARS AGO
FEB. 27, 1947
Pauline Foster, physical education instructor at the high school, won the women's singles badminton championship in a Twin Cities tournament.
The city installed a bike rack in front of Main Street Park. Many residents are now urging the city to pass an ordinance governing bicycle traffic.
Arnold Witthuhn, River Falls foreman for the Wisconsin Telephone Co., completed 25 years of service.
70 YEARS AGO
MARCH 4, 1937
Sen. Ken White warned that theater "bank nights" will be classified as lotteries and banned in Wisconsin if a proposed bill becomes law.
An ordinance designed to eliminate man-made static, such as that from motors, electrical appliances and fixtures was favored by River Falls aldermen.
The fire department started a campaign to raise $3,500 to buy a new booster pump, tank and truck.
130 YEARS AGO
MARCH 1, 1877
Sherlock Wales sold his 40 acres lying east of this village for $2,000.
A teamster wrote to the Journal saying: "I am opposed to all such new inventions and innovations (i.e., the proposed railroad through River Falls) and I want this discussion about railroads to River Falls stopped at once."
O. S. Powell intends to break 100 acres on Section 6 in the city this coming spring.